Thursday, December 13, 2012
Gift of Happiness
Taking advantage of the dry weather yesterday afternoon, my daughters, granddaughter, and I, headed over to the outdoor German Christmas Market. Bundled up against the cold, warm beverages in hand, we wandered from stall to stall, appreciating the European wares, festive decorations, and delicious fare. While holding the baby, I watched my daughters conferring with each other over possible stocking stuffers for their husbands, and felt deeply connected to my maternal lineage, both present and past. Many years ago, as a young mother, I had visited a similar market in Germany, with my mother and her sister. Here, as the Oma, out with my daughters and granddaughter, I recognized that the cultural and hereditary connections of women in my family were very much alive. After saying our goodbyes, I arrived home, and while unpacking the white dove I had purchased for my tree, I was aware that every cell in my body felt fully activated. It had been quite some time since I felt this way, and as I searched for the word to best describe this state, it eventually dawned on me: Happiness. A simple outing, resulting in a cherished gift, that serves to sustain me today.